RLG is contributing the RLG Union Catalog as a source for data to OCA participants. press release
These 48 million titles will help to describe the digitized library materials that will be contributed, to keep track of what is digitized, and to help inform choices about what should be digitized. As the work goes forward the information in the Union Catalog will be augmented with information about copyright status to help guide selection and scanning efforts.
As I said at the event, we’re happy to be an early contributor. The union catalog that our research library, archive and museum members built over the course of the last thirty years has been one of the great boons to scholarship and learning. The ability to discover the materials of research has been one of the most powerful enabling capacities in our community.
It seems only fitting that The Union Catalog, one of the great products of the cooperation and social contracts in our community, should enable successful collaboration on the next grand generational challenge – building out the collective digital library to enable a great research and learning experience for scholars, students and citizens. We hope the OCA becomes the focus for a huge collaborative, multi-year, massively distributed, intelligently and appropriately coordinated effort to achieve this goal. We’re ready to help make it happen.
Jim coordinated the OCLC Research office in San Mateo, CA, focusing on relationships with research libraries and work that renovates the library value proposition in the current information environment. He retired in 2016.